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Emergency Medicine Physician at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth Serves Rodeo Community|
FORT WORTH, Texas — Treating emergency room patients is something that not many other cowboys can do. But for Dr. David Fletcher, it’s a part of his daily routine.
Fletcher is an emergency medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and a world champion cattle roper. He spends a majority of his time caring for patients with illnesses ranging from a minor cold to those with traumatic injuries; including those commonly seen in rodeo competitions where he frequents as more than just a spectator.
He plans to address a group of caregivers on best practices for treating those affected by rodeo trauma during his lecture at the upcoming Update 2012: Current Challenges in Emergency Nursing educational symposium on Jan. 27 at Texas Health Fort Worth.
“As a rider, I want to educate caregivers on who the rodeo athlete is and how to adequately care for the sometimes life-threatening injuries that are commonly associated with this sport,” said Fletcher. My experience has given me a unique perspective on the sport and a better understanding for what is needed to achieve optimal outcomes for those suffering from rodeo-related injuries.”
Fletcher hopes his lecture will better prepare caregivers when faced with rodeo trauma and with the rodeo being only days away, the life he saves just might be his own. For more information on how you can participate in this lecture, visit TexasHealth.org/ERUpdate2012.
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